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Gigabyte Intros Ultrabooks with 14-inch High-Res Screens, Nvidia Graphics Cards

Laptop maker Gigabyte enters Ultrabook fray with a splash at CeBIT.

What's the Better Buy: a Consumer or a Business Laptop?

We give you six tips on how to shop a maker's business site for your next laptop and four things to consider when checking out its consumer laptops.

48 NASA Laptops Stolen in Two Years: A Case for Better Encryption Practices

It's not only businesses that need to worry about laptop security.

OnLive Desktop Brings Office and Windows 7 to Android

OnLive Desktop lets Android tablet users access Windows 7 files and applications, including Microsoft Office, on the road.

Ultrabook Prices Could Drop to $600, Thanks to Use of Hybrid Disk Drives

Some Ultrabook makers are switching from solely solid state drives to hybrid disk drives to cut costs.

Fujitsu Roadmap Reveals Ultrabooks, Tablets

The two most interesting items in the Japanese manufacturer’s roadmap are a detachable slate and a Windows 8 tablet.



Apple: Apps That Take Your Contact Info Are in Violation, Fix Coming Soon

Apple says it will fix iOS so that apps will have to request explicit user permission to access Address Book data.

HP Envy 14 Spectre Now Selling, 15-Inch Version In the Works

The pretty, glass-covered HP Envy 14 Spectre is now available for purchase on HP's website.

Samsung Series 7 Gaming Laptop with Ivy Bridge Available for Preorder

One of the first laptops to sport the new Ivy Bridge processor is now available for preorder.

T-Mobile V-Day Sale: All 4G Smartphones and Select Tablets and Hotspots for Free

T-Mobile will be giving away all of its 4G smartphones and a selection of its best tablets and hotspots for free on Saturday, February 11. New two-year contract required, of course.


18 Cool and Creative Laptop Mods

First-Generation Ultrabook Prices May Drop as Much as 25 Percent

Want a super thin laptop at sub-$1000 prices? You may be in luck.

Asus U47 Ultraportable Stuffs Power into 13-Inch Chassis

The inch-thick Intel Ivy Bridge laptop sports a 14-inch Display, DVD Drive, and a hefty hard drive.


AMD Targets Ultrabooks, Shows 18mm Trinity Notebook

Super-skinny laptops will offer long battery life and smaller price tag than Intel's entries, AMD tells analysts.


Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook Hits Best Buy: Sports 14-inch Display, DVD Drive, $900 Price Tag

Samsung's eagerly anticipated Series 5 Ultrabook arrives at Best Buy Monday delivering standard notebook specs in an ultra-sleek chassis.